Millions of people around the world choose to play blackjack because not only is it fun, but it’s also very simple to play and it doesn’t require a lot of knowledge to get started. There are plenty of ways to gain an advantage over the casino and one of the many ways is to start counting cards in the deck and using knowledge and probability calculations to think of what cards the house has – we won’t go into that in this article but if you would like to know more on how Blackjack works, take a look at the following guide below.
Firstly, the whole idea of winning at blackjack is to get a hand that equals 21 or as close to 21 without going over – going over will mean an instant loss. Even if you get 20 from your hand, it’s still possible to lose if the dealer gets 21. All of the numbered cards equal their value, so 2 = 2, 9 = 9 etc. Face cards are slightly different and equal the same, Jack = 10, Queen = 10, and King = 10, that just leaves the Ace that is deemed as a “special” card and it can either equal 1 or 11 depending on what the player chooses.
The game begins by the dealer dealing 2 cards to the player and 2 cards to himself, the players cards will usually be placed face up so everyone playing can see what they have, whilst only one of the dealers cards will be faced up and the other one down, so it’s always up to the player to outplay the dealer by thinking about what possible cards he has. The player has to first decide what they want to do with the cards they were dealt with, if the cards that were dealt add up to 21 straight away (e.g an Ace and a Jack) then the player wins a “Blackjack” that hand if one of the dealers cards isn’t a face card. The player will then be rewarded with their stake back doubled and a half.
Blackjack gets a little more tricky when players aren’t necessarily dealt with a simple Ace and a face card, instead, players will often be dealt a much lower hand that might only add up to 10 (2 x 5 cards, or a 3 and a 7 etc.). It is then up to the player to decide if they want to have another card (hit) or if they want to stick with what they have got (stick) and then they just hope the dealer doesn’t get closer to 21 than they do. Of course, if a player was only presented with two cards that equalled 10, then they would “hit” for another card and hope it would be an Ace, or at least a face card taking them up to 20 where they would then “stick” with what they have.
There is also another feature players can opt for and that is a “Split” which would split both cards into two different hands and they would then be matched with another card each – this can only be done if the first two cards dealt are matching, for example, a 5 and a 5, or an Ace and another Ace. If a game ends in a draw between the dealer and the player, then the stake will simply be returned to the player.
Of course, Blackjack can get even trickier when players get dealt hands that add up to 16 for example, do they take a “hit” which could give them a 5 that adds up to 21? Or do they “stick” with what they got just in case they get something higher than a 5 that would lose them the game. With a lot of practise and a bit of luck, Blackjack is very simple and many people have won a lot of money from playing it.